“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”—Martin Luther King
I take heed with Mr. King’s quotation. I want to be a photographer. How good? I don’t know. What I do know, is that I must keep moving forward, both in knowledge and skills.
Having an appropriate gear is as good as having proper photography training. I’m doing both. Recently received a diploma on basic photography from the Shaw Academy in Dublin, Ireland. And also recently added a photography accessory to take color pictures with my Yongnuo strobe.
The product is “20 Color Photograph’s Gel Filters For Canon, Nikon, Oloong, and Yongnuo Flash speedlites”. Bought the accessory online from E-Bay for a price tag of $7.99. The package consisted of 20 color gels, a plastic bag and a wide rubber band to fix the gels to the speedlite. The quality of the product is not very good, and the adherence of the gels to the speedlite is most uncomfortable. Plan to use normal office rubber bands to do the trick. It’s easier and a lot faster too.
Colored lighting filters, or gels, are often used as current lights, or to add dramatic color to backgrounds or selected portions of a scene for artistic effect.
Also, correction filters are typically used to adjust the color temperature of a strobe to better match other light sources to improve overall color balance in an image.
You can choose from a range of reds, yellows, blues and green to punch up an image with color and create mood. Or, use the correction gels to balance your flash to ambient light. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. The use of gels requires knowledge and lots of practice. I’ll try to do my best to master the technique of lighting up a scene with artificial color light as soon as I can. I have lots of time to spare.
Below are several pictures of the color gels recently acquired. Haven’t been used yet.
For Christmas, Santa is expected to deliver a remote control for my DSLR camera and a meter for ambient and reflected light. It should be under the Christmas tree on midnight Christmas Eve. Will they be there? Let’s wait and see. 🙂